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Dale Hodgins
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Home Depot sells various types of cordless equipment, ranging from the very high quality E-go to bottom of the line stuff by Ryobi. Echo seems to be a house brand , that is pushed by employees above the others.

The ergonomics are wrong on every Echo tool that I have tried.

Hedge cutters are lumpy and heavy , with poor weight distribution.

Blowers have a top mounted handle that causes torsion to the wrist when it's used.

Chainsaws have awkward controls and don't have the handy tool-less adjustments found on better equipment.

Overall, this is the most lumpy and awkwardly designed brand in this price range.

Prices are roughly in line with E-go and Greenworks , which I have found to be very good quality stuff.

Echo products use the same inferior battery technology found in Ryobi products. Don't waste your money.
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I recently bought an echo pole saw. Used it for a day and promptly returned it. It worked okay but was nothing special and for the price you can do better.

It took me a while but I was able to find a lightly used Stihl for half the price.

I don't have any other experience with the echo stuff but the pole saw heavy, bulky, and overpriced for what you get.
 
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If it's well-maintained, that Stihl saw should outlast several brand new Echo saws. I have a cordless Stihl pole saw that is awesome. It was relatively expensive, but my customers paid for it within one week of purchase.
 
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Yep, used the Stihl for 2 fruit tree pruning jobs and it paid for itself in one week. Planning on running the Stihl pole saw for the next decade or two!
Originally I pruned my own taller fruit trees with the echo to test out it's capabilities. Cut a few 2-3 inch branches and it seemed like it was maxing out what the saw could handle. It just felt like the right thing to do was return it and get something else.
After nearly 20 fruit tree pruning jobs this winter/spring the Stihl is cutting nicely. I sharpened 2 sets of chains, (you never want to be cutting thru Apple wood with a dull chain) I'm ready to go for my next pruning job.
 
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